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Brian Howe AKA Sikes is a Alternative Hip-Hop artist & producer from Pittsburgh, PA who is known locally for his work in various musical projects and other artistic endeavors. He also hosts START THE BEAT which is a podcast highlighting conversations between himself and all sorts of different jerks. Musicians, artists, comedians and all other types of screw-ups & undesirables. In other words… Some of the best people you’ll ever meet in your life. Start The Beat with Sikes is part of the Epicast network.

Jul 27, 2017

*To the tune of the 1960's Spider-Man theme song* Raymond Strife. Raymond Strife. Does whatever a Raymond Likes. Does a tour - Any size. Dropping Beats - Spitting rhymes. Look out! Here comes the Raymond Strife! This week I sit down with the superhero Raymond Strife for a talk about the DIY Hip Hop scene, touring and...


Jul 20, 2017

It’s a Half Juggalo, Half Ric Flair party on this weeks NU episode of Start The Beat! I pour a couple beers and sit down with fellow musician/air horn enthusiast, Jesse Turnball for an introspective conversation about the how the bar for talent continues to keep getting higher and higher in modern “extreme” music....


Jul 13, 2017

Who wants to make something beautiful and awesome happen? This week I sit down with two individuals at the forefront of something very beautiful that's starting to blossom in the Pittsburgh music scene. Matthew Seibel & Sūgga of LIB.CO aka the Library Collective. On the surface LIB.CO is functioning as a independent...


Jul 1, 2017

I’M ON A BOAT! This week I sit down with my friend Issac Holeva as he takes me for a little cruise down the Allegheny and we chat about how the Pittsburgh scene has developed over the past decade. Issac is involved with A LOT. Faded Industry Entertainment, Premier Innovations Group & Pittsburgh Norml just to name a...


Jun 22, 2017

You wanna talk about recording music, growing up and reminisce about the "scene" days of the scene? You're in luck! This week I sit down with long time pal Brad Brunazzi of the band Arcane Haven for a talk about all of this and more. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! 

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